The Slab Rock Climbing
Routes in The Slab
|A Little Slab'll Do Ya S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|Crab On A Slab S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Slab Happy S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Slab Stick S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Slab and Tickle S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a|
|Slab-A-Dab-A-Doo S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|Slabotomy S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a|
|Slabracadabra S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Slabulous S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Smear Campaign S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Unknown S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a|
|What R Streek S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
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DescriptionLocated a couple hundred feet left of the Tuna and Chips Wall The Slab is exactly as it sounds, a slab. At one point in its history The Slab was predominately top rope only and contained only a handful of climbs. However over time it has grown into a full blown sport crag. Hosting climbs from 5.5 to 5.9 , the majority of which trend toward the lower end of that range , The Slab offers entry level sport climbing with one of the shortest approaches in the first pullout. Some of the rock at the slab is suspect. Hollow and or flexing flakes of rock can be found on the lower and mid level portions of some of the routes. A helmet would not be unwarranted for the belayer as these routes continue to clean up.
Top Rope Access Anchor
There is an anchor on the upper ridge above The Slab roughly in line with the center of the wall. It can be used to rappel to the shelf were several of the sport anchors are located to setup top ropes sans leading the routes. Keep in mind that not all finishing anchors found here can be accessed by utilizing this anchor as some dip off the edge of the shelf and others are not located on it at all. Hiking out far left then up the ridge to get to the anchor is about a 10-15 minute endeavor.
RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details
Holds rip off and climbs have been and will continue to be permanently damaged due to climbers not respecting this phenomenon. After a heavy storm the rock will remain wet, sometimes for several days. PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB IN RED ROCKS during or after rain. A good rule of thumb is that if the ground near your climb is at all damp (and not powdery dry sand), then do not climb. There are many alternatives (limestone, granite, basalt, and plastic) nearby. ***** HUMAN WASTE ***** Human waste is one of the major issues plaguing Red Rocks. The Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council identified this problem years ago and has worked to provide "wag bags" free of charge in several locations (Black Velvet, First Pullout, Kraft Mtn/Bouldering, The Gallery, and The Black Corridor). These bags are designed so that you can pack your waste out - consider bringing one to be part of your kit (just like your rope and shoes and lunch) no matter where you go. Once used, please dispose of them properly (do not throw them in the toilets at the parking areas). This project was funded primarily by the American Alpine Club
Getting ThereFor those familiar with the area
Approach as per the Tiger Stripe Wall but continue uphill and around and down into the wash behind it. Alternatively approach as per Tuna and Chips Wall and head left after reaching its base until you come across a large water streak. This is the right most edge of The Slab.
For those unfamiliar with the area
You will head downhill from the first pullout parking lot. Make a left at the fork (Defined by a trail marker), continuing downhill. At a small wash the trail breaks hard left, winding through the slope coming down from the road.... as well as trending right and uphill. YOU will trend right here going back uphill through braided trails with a large tiger striped rock formation on your right (Tiger Stripe Wall ).
At the top of this hill you will find your self on a much more defined ridge trail with a good size gully/wash on your right The Slab should be easily visible out to your right framed by a prominent water streak at the crags far right and a large cave in the top center. Scrambling down into the gully will take you to the base of the climbs. (10 min)
Classic Climbing Routes at The Slab
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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